A weightlifter has broken her arm in two places during the European Weightlifting Championships in Batumi, Georgia.
31-year-old Gaelle Nayo Ketchanke was trying to lift 110kg – her personal best – in the women’s 76kg category.
She was unsuccessful to finish the lift earlier. But on her third try, as she tried to get the bar over her head, her left arm snapped and gave away under the substantial weight.
The French team confirmed Ketchanke’s left arm was broken in two places during the attempt. She also suffered a dislocated elbow according to unconfirmed reports.
Ketchanke was immediately rushed to a hospital for surgery.
Surprisingly, she still went home with a bronze medal for her 103kg opener. She has since taken to social media with an update on what happen and shared a smiling photo of her that shows her broken arm in a cast.
Translated from French, Ketchanke wrote: “I’m coming out of these European Championships not in the best of ways, with a 107kg wrenching elbow injury after winning the bronze medal at 103kg.
“I received a lot of support messages that made me feel good and we are waiting for my return to France to do further tests.
“I want to thank the medical and technical staff of the Federation who responded very quickly and who are by my side. My coaches and my colleagues from the France team. I will come back to you for news.”
Fans wished the 31-year-old a fast recovery. One social media user wrote: “Wishing you a speedy recovery. Congratulations on the bronze.”
Another commented: “Love your attitude! Stay strong.”
Someone else said: “A real Warrior!! Beautiful medal and beautiful smile.”
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